German Literature



The purpose of literary research is to think about the subject, read related texts, review the thoughts expressed and use words in order to communicate this response to others. The subject of research should be something that matters to the researchers. The subject can be a compelling question that emerged out of the circumstance the researcher faces, or can be a totally absolute conception. This links to literature because in a novel, a specific setting is created, and the process of how one character suffers, makes s/he decisions and makes choices is presented as an example. This could be a very private and personal example; however, the personal nature of the novel can create reality and also can be a model for how to face one's own questions. Therefore, literary research is carried out by interaction between psychological reality and abstractness.
German literature research involves philosophy, psychoanalysis and theories of social studies along with theories of text and narratives. Some students say that by understanding a certain concept, their interpretation of the text transforms and eventually their view of the real world also changes making things easier for them in their life. Others report that the experience of struggling to communicate their own thoughts in a logical manner helps them prepare for project plans and participate in discussions in a corporate setting after graduation. Some students choose to work in a scientific company in hope that they share the psychological values of literature with people with a scientific background. Some students also go abroad to excel in their research and communicate with non-Japanese language speakers and listen to the thoughts of others. Thus, literary research serves as training for understanding, considering, expressing and communicating reality.

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